According to Sky News, Prince Harry was not invited to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after his father’s coronation. The palace confirmed that he would have no formal role at the coronation, meaning he was not invited to be on the balcony with working members of the Royal Family. However, the Queen’s sister and lady in attendance, who are also not working royals, were present on the balcony. The Duke of Sussex left Westminster Abbey swiftly after the coronation ceremony to catch a flight back to Los Angeles, where he celebrated his son Prince Archie’s fourth birthday with his wife, the Duchess of Sussex.
British Airways flight attendants confirmed that Prince Harry had been on the flight but could not discuss the details of his trip. This was Harry’s first public appearance with the royals since the release of his controversial memoir, Spare. He was seated in the third row for the crowning of the King alongside Prince Andrew, who stepped away from public life after discussing his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Harry and Andrew sat two rows behind Prince William. Harry chatted with his cousin Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as he entered the Abbey in the drizzling UK rain. He also nodded and smiled to guests as he processed behind them, walking down the nave of the Abbey alone.
Although Harry was not granted a formal role at the coronation, he was present at the ceremony and seated with members of the Royal Family. His absence from the Buckingham Palace balcony appearance could be interpreted as a sign of his changing relationship with the Royal Family, particularly in light of the revelations in his memoir. Nonetheless, Harry did attend the coronation and demonstrated his commitment to his family, even if he was not given a formal role.
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